Cedar Waxwing

April 8, 2010
Cedar Waxwing

1/2500sec @ f/5.6
300mm, ISO400, 0ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D300, AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-5.6

I have only ever seen one small group of Cedar Waxwings up close. I got a number of shots of the group but this shot was the only keeper. They are a visually stunning bird with very small but vibrant markings. I haven’t researched why they are called Waxwings but I seem to remember someone telling me it was because they look as though they have dipped the tips of their wings and tail feathers in coloured wax. I also think that they look like they are made of wax. They have such an incredibly smooth plumage. You can see on this little guy’s head the sun has a matte shine to it just like it would on wax.